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Writer begins book tour

Growing up in southern Alabama, James "Jim" Harvey spent many summers visiting family along the Florida Panhandle.

March 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poker run set for Saturday

A poker run Saturday will help a local organization raise funds for area children.

March 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Kroger named as top United Way contributor

Kroger employees have done it again.

March 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Bearden named county GOP chair

Saturday's district convention of the Dawson County Republican Party ushered in a new chairman.

March 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Walking trail is on sales tax wish list

A 10-mile walking trail that would begin near Riverview Middle School and end at War Hill Park is one of several Dawson County projects that could be funded by a regional 1-cent transportation tax.

March 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Power enters council race

Political newcomer Jason Power announced Saturday that he will seek a seat on the Dawsonville City Council in the November election.

March 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff shifting positions

The struggling economy, evolving crime trends and the county's new courthouse have forced Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle to re-evalute his agency's operations.

March 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Worker faces theft charges

A 24-year-old Dahlonega woman was arrested Monday after she reportedly took about $30,000 from the local Walmart.

March 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Speaks named assistant chief

A career firefighter and paramedic was recently named assistant chief for Dawson County Emergency Services.

March 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Family calls new home a ‘blessing’

Bethany Berg couldn't stop smiling Saturday morning as she and her teenage sons hammered the first nails into their new home in northern Forsyth County.

March 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Chili Bowl proceeds benefit local scholars

Rain threatened to wash out a benefit flag football tournament at Dawson County High School over the weekend.

March 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Government receives excellence award

For the third time in six years, Dawson County's government has been recognized for its efforts and efficiency.

March 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Expo spotlights businesses

A handyman for 30 years, Robert Hartman likes to keep up with new construction tools and gadgets.

March 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Flag football tourney benefits local high school scholars

The Dawson County Jaycees club is looking for a few more teams for Saturday's charity flag football tournament at Dawson County High School.

March 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Judge rules in park’s favor

The defendants in a lawsuit aimed at halting construction of a motorsports park in western Dawson County scored a victory last week when a judge granted numerous motions in their favor.

March 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Treatment court leads addicts down the road to recovery

The road to recovery was a long, rough drive for Pam Williams.

August 26, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


BOC votes to increase employee pay

County employees will soon see a few more dollars going into their wallets after the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved pay raises Thursday night.

August 26, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Smash and grab thieves target outlets

North Georgia Premium Outlets has once again become the target for thieves, and this time the suspects got away with more than $20,000 in ...

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Wooten announces bid for sheriff

Capt. Tony Wooten on Monday announced his bid to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More retail, restaurants eye Dawson

Hobby Lobby, Panda Garden, Ulta, Academy Sports, Organic Nails.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


DCES welcomes new volunteer recruits

Dawson County Emergency Services on Saturday celebrated the graduation of 11 new recruits into the department's volunteer firefighter program.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Beats and brews: Music festival rocks Dawsonville

Little Dylan Nixon may only be 5-years-old, but he quite possibly could be the biggest AC/DC fan in north Georgia.

August 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Gainesville man arrested in mountain resort heist

An arrest has been made in last week's burglary at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort.

August 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Brazen thieves hit resort cabins, steal 15 flat screen TVs

The owners of a popular mountain resort just across the Dawson County line in Dahlonega are once again reeling to recover after thieves reportedly stole ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County leader believes future vision talks overdue

County Commission Chairman Mike Berg was seated next to School Superintendent Damon Gibbs last week at a chamber of commerce event when he mentioned two ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Campground host fires gunshots at lake visitors

A Buford man is facing state and federal charges after authorities say he attempted to take the law into his own hands Saturday night by ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


DA plans to add fourth attorney in Dawson

Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh plans to add a fourth attorney to cover the court caseload in Dawson County.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Florida woman identified as driver in fatal car chase

Authorities have positively identified a Florida woman as the driver in last week's fatal high speed chase.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man appointed to state committee

A community banker from Dawsonville was recently appointed to serve on a state committee charged with studying and identifying guidelines to be utilized in partnerships ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Retailers commit to Dawson Crossroads shopping center

The first truckloads of dirt were moved over the weekend to make way for a new shopping center on Ga. 400 near Dawson Forest Road.

August 12, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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